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So why is the 2012 Ladera Cabernet—made from almost entirely from Howell Mountain fruit, from an incredible vintage—sitting pretty at $34.99? I honestly can't tell you. Maybe it's because no one knows how good the Ladera holdings in Howell Mountain are. Or maybe it's the pride that winemaker Jade Barrett takes in making a serious wine for a reasonable price. Or maybe it's because Ladera is an overlooked gem in a sea of Napa alternatives. For whatever the reason, I'm not going to complain. We tasted the 2012 vintage at our staff training yesterday and I was just floored by the quality of this wine. Dark, fleshy fruit cloaked in fine tannins, bits of earth, and in total balance, with enough gusto to go the long haul in your cellar. It's a whole lotta wine for $34.99, and it's made primarily from Howell Mountain grapes, harvested during a great vintage. 

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Mar132012

New K&L Video Recommendations

Armed with a new video camera and a shotgun microphone, I've been tinkering with some videos featuring the fun-loving K&L staff as of late.  There's something quite nice about being able to visit our stores, talk with our employees, and get good wine advice from an actual person.  Recreating that experience online has been fun with the wine and spirits blogs, which have always focused on written accounts of our favorite K&L products.  However, getting the staff to take a minute to talk about wine on video is much easier than getting them to type up an extra article.  Therefore, look for more testimonials from K&L staff members in the near future.

Today's feature is from Latin wine buyer Joe Manekin and he's super stoked about the new Emilio Hidalgo Marques de Rodil Palo Cortado Sherry.  Take a listen to what he has to say and see if you're as excited by the end of it.

-David Driscoll

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